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Posted on: March 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Crew suspends vehicle search by boat

Emmett Township rescue boat on Kalamazoo River

After a fourth day of scouring the Kalamazoo River for a Hyundai sedan believed to have crashed into it early Saturday morning, crews have suspended the search by boat until conditions improve.

Officials from Kalamazoo County and Emmett Township used sonar technology to scan the bottom of the river, from bank to bank, from the convergence of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo rivers to the Custer Drive bridge. The bridge was the furthest west the boat could get through.

Officials from the Calhoun County dive team and the state Department of Natural Resources also scanned these areas of the river by boat.

Nothing was found Tuesday, prompting the group to suspend searching this way until the river level drops enough to safely place divers back in at the convergence. Officials were not able to see a vehicle using a dive camera Monday in this area, but can't completely rule out that it could be there. Under current conditions, the water is moving too swiftly for divers to safely complete a search.

Officials now will monitor the river to determine when it is safe enough to continue the search.

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